Beginning of the Year Mass

We will celebrate the beginning of a new school year with Mass tomorrow, Wednesday, 27th of September @ 10 am in St Mary’s Church. This will be our first whole school Mass since September 2019 and we are really deligthed to be able to gather as a school community again.

As we will be walking over to the Chapel and there is the chance of rain please ensure everyone has a coat with them tomorrow. 


🦀P7A Visit to Templetown Beach🦐

What an amazing day P7A had at Templetown beach, learning all about the different tide zones and exploring the rock pools. A huge thanks to Brian, from Mountain Ways Ireland for showing us the wildlife that we rarely notice… but… is all around us each time we visit the beach. We may have a few marine biologists in the making after today!

P.S. Reluctantly all crabs, shrimps and fish were returned to the sea before we came home. 😀

Reminder P7 Parents- Application for Transfer Closing Date

Dear P7 Parent/Guardian,

Please see below communication we have received re Registration for this year’s Transfer Test. Please remember Parents must register their child, this cannot be done by the Primary School. 




The five local Grammar Schools – Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Our Lady’s Grammar School, Sacred Heart Grammar School, St. Colman’s College, and St. Louis Grammar School, have confirmed that they will use Assessment of Primary Seven students as a method of Transfer from Primary to Post Primary Education. The local schools are among the thirty-four Grammar/Integrated Schools which make up the Northern Ireland Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) which have successfully operated GL Assessments in previous years

The closing date for Registration for the Transfer Assessment is Friday 23rd September 2022. Parents of P7 pupils who wish to register their sons or daughters should complete a Registration Form and return it to the Newry & Kilkeel Registration Centre c/o Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School. Registration Forms and associated information is available from any of the schools listed above either in hard copy or from a school’s website. Pupils who attend a primary school, or live in Lower or Upper Mourne, are not required to sit the Entrance Assessment if they wish to attend St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel

The Assessments which have been conducted in a very professional manner, have gained the confidence of parents. In the past large numbers of pupils have successfully completed the Assessments in English and Mathematics and have gained a Post Primary School place in local Grammar Schools.

It is proposed that PPTC Schools, including the five Newry and Kilkeel Grammar Schools, will continue to use GL Assessments as part of their Admissions Policies until such times as there is an agreed consensus on Post Primary Transfer.

The purpose of this communication is to remind parents that the closing date for registration for sitting the GL Assessment on Saturday 12th November 2022 is Friday 23rd September 2022

Addressing Issues with “Free School Meals” Applications

Dear Parents

I wish to advise you that the processing of free school meals applications within the Education Authority is proving to be a very slow and cumbersome process for many.

It is imperative for the school and for you that this situation is resolved immediately. Both School’s funding and Parents’ entitlement to free school meals are being compromised.

At this point I would advise any of you who are experiencing difficulties to make contact with your elected representatives to encourage a speedy resolution to this situation.

Elected Representatives for the Slieve Gullion area are listed below with contact details

Thank you,

PMcDonnell (Principal)


Byrne, Pete

  • Party:SDLP
  • Email:Byrne, Pete
  • Tel:028 3086 8491 / 00353 8790 00141

Larkin, Mickey

Magennis, Oonagh

Ó Muirí, Barra

Taylor, David

Declan Murphy

  • Party:Sinn Féin
  • Email:Declan Murphy
  • Tel:028 3083 9669/ 00353 8726 57265


  • Party:Sinn Féin
  • Email:Aoife Finnegan
  • Tel:028 3086 1948 / 00353 8711 41388


Healthy Kidz After-School Sports Clubs

Dear Parent / Guardian,

Please see below a flyer relating to the new afterschool “Sports Clubs,” on Mondays and Tuesdays, which are being facilitated by our school PE partner organisation; Healthy Kidz. Booking and payment is via the Healthy Kidz website and the link can also be found below. Places are limited for each session and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. A copy of this note and flyer was sent home with the eldest in each family today. We are delighted to welcome Healthy Kidz back to St Mary’s for another year of fun PE lessons and after-school activities.

🌻🌼 Wild Flower Corner 🌻🌼

You might have noticed our beautiful wild flower corner at the front of the school. It was planted last term by KS1 pupils with the help of Margaret from An Tobar, Wellness Centre based at Silverbridge.

We are delighted to tell you that An Tobar are finalists in the National Lottery Project of the Year 2022. We are asking our school community to support An Tobar by voting for them using the link below. 👇

(Please note voting has been temporarily suspended but will reopen shortly.)

Pupils and Staff alike, wish Kathleen, Hannah, Margaret and everyone at An Tobar, the best of luck! 🤞